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Health and Wellness

Baby gets new heart just in time for her 1st birthday

iStock(NEW YORK) — A baby’s first birthday feels like a momentous occasion for all parents. But when it’s unclear if your baby will ever actually see that day, the milestone is more like a miracle. Christy Brown suspected something might be wrong with her then...

Illinois health department points to vaping as possible factor in recent death

iStock(CHICAGO) — An investigation is underway in Illinois into more than 30 cases where individuals experienced respiratory illness after using e-cigarettes or vaping, state officials said Friday. One such case involved an individual who allegedly recently vaped before...

11-year-old cancer survivor celebrates end of chemo by donating to hospital

WLS(CHICAGO) — A young cancer survivor ended his radiation treatment with a big donation to the Chicago hospital that helped him heal. Ryan Collins rang the celebration bell at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago on Wednesday, but the 11-year-old also gifted the...

This woman donated her kidney to a coworker and now they hope to send a message

Annie York(NEW YORK) — Bryan Lee keeps his personal life pretty quiet. So quiet that his work colleague, Annie York, didn’t know that the autoimmune disease he has suffered from since he was a child was becoming life-threatening. Lee’s condition is called...

Fermented skincare in the beauty aisle: Here’s what to know

webphotographeer/iStock(NEW YORK) — Fermented ingredients are moving beyond supermarket shelves and popping up all over beauty aisles. By definition, “Fermentation is the process in which a substance breaks down into a simpler substance. Microorganisms like yeast and...

Owning a dog can help your heart, study finds

Django/iStock(NEW YORK) — Every day, the dogs need a walk. Every day, they’re helping their owners’ hearts in more ways than one. According to a new study published by Mayo Clinic, people who own pets, but especially dogs, are more likely to have better heart...

Health risks from ingesting microplastics in drinking water ‘low,’ WHO researchers say

iStock(NEW YORK) — The risk of ingesting microplastics in drinking water is low, according to a new report from the World Health Organization. Microplastics, particles of plastic that have broken down to less than 5 millimeters in diameter, have been found in almost every...

Boy who can’t be exposed to sun gets a custom tent to play in his yard

Jim Molodich(GRISWOLD, Conn.) — When Brody, a 4-year-old Connecticut boy, was asked what wish he wanted to come true, his only dream was that he could be able to play outside. Brody, of Griswold, Conn., was born premature at 27 weeks and faces medical conditions and...